It involves unconscious memories
, subconscious connection and present, conscious thought.
LeDoux, a neuroscientist at New York University, demonstrated that under the conscious cortex exists "a neuronal pathway" that lets current events trigger unconscious memories
of emotionally potent past events, causing seemingly irrational conscious responses, such as "Men with beards make me uneasy." Freud's claim that humans actively repress unwelcome information also has been gaining support from case studies.
The researchers found that people put to sleep but not operated on retained no unconscious memories
. Surprisingly, only patients undergoing surgery appeared to have the unconscious ability to learn.
LeDoux believes that we may never rid ourselves of the implicit, unconscious memories
that underlie anxiety disorders.
The recovery of unconscious memories
: Lab studies of hypermnesia.
This activates unconscious memories
of the first six months of childhood when the infant makes a "good breast/bad breast" distinction and then "splinters" the image of the latter in such a way that, through processes of projection and reintrojection, "each part of the splintered object acquires a unique identity".
a power that does not reside 'outside' an organism but rather acts from 'within'; that is, upon the store of unconscious memories
to which every organism perhaps has access.
Other researchers went on to probe the unconscious memories
of amnesics with different implicit tasks.